As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like - I'll serve up more next Friday...
Politics and the Devil - (speech from Archbishop Chaput) "...if a citizen fails to bring his moral beliefs into our country’s political conversation, if he fails to work for them publicly and energetically, then the only thing he ensures is the defeat of his own beliefs."
Veiling in the New Translation - "The last two weeks before Easter are known as 'Passiontide,' and it has been a long standing tradition to place veils over crosses and statues."
Those Overzealous New Converts - "Overcome with emotion about the upcoming big day, she gushed about how much the Church has already enriched her life."
Love, Sex, and the Cross - "What I had assumed were restrictions on freedom, especially in sexual matters, were actually signposts along the way that marked off dangerous territory, that guided our desires away from those things that are always seductively appealing, but are fleeting, distracting -- and damaging -- so that we could be free to seek the only thing that truly fulfills our desires: union with God."
Girl Altar Servers? - "I think having only boy altar servers is best. Here's why: boys and girls like to do things separately...Boys doing things with other boys and men help them to become men. Girls doing things with other girls and women help them to become women."
Blessed John Paul II: Feast Day and Collect - "October 22 has been chosen as the Feast Day of the soon-to-be-Blessed Pope John Paul II. The date is the anniversary of his formal inauguration to the papacy in 1978."
Of Saints Celebrities and Superheroes - "In getting to know the saints it seems to me that they are the perfect antidote to the celebrity culture (or should I say cult) that so many in our world fall prey to."
What's a Baby Cost? - "You spend what you’ve got. If you have more, you’ll spend more — and you’ll think you need more. But if you have less, you’ll spend less and you’ll need less. You find other ways to do things besides money...What’s really important in parenting is to let the light of love shine through us as we care for our kids..."
Obama Administraton Castigates Vatican Over Family Planning - "..many medical clinics in Africa...are empty of essentials like penicillin but overflowing with condoms – so many that children have taken to blowing them up like balloons and playing with them as toys."
Holy See to U.N. on Population Control - "This distorted world-view regards the poor as a problem to be commoditized and managed as if they were inconsequential objects rather than as unique persons with innate dignity and worth who require the full commitment of the international community to provide assistance so that they can realize their full potential."
The Mass of Vatican II - "With regard to the Mass we have now two extremes and a moderate position. One extreme position is the kind of informal Mass, all in English, facing the people, with contemporary music, which does not at all correspond with what the Council had in mind. But it is legitimate, it is permitted; it is not wrong. And we have on the other extreme those who have returned, with permission, to the Mass of 1962 and, as others have noted, it is thriving and growing. But it is not what the Council itself specifically had in mind, although it is the Mass of the ages. Then you have the moderates." [I highly recommend this article. It is lengthy...but well worth the read.]
Primitivism and Progressivism - "Instead of judging something by it's age we should judge it according to the greater criteria of whether it is beautiful, good and true."
America the Literal - "...Protestant practicality was woven into the political soul of America." [It's not easy reading a criticism of your own country, but there is truth written here.]
Top choral director calls modern Church music 'ecclesiastical karaoke' - "Joseph Cullen, choral director at the London Symphony Orchestra, says that since the 1960s there has been a 'glaring lack of sympathy' for 'worthy sacred music.'
God Works Wonders With Wood – A Meditation on the Cross and How God Prefigured It In the Old Testament - "As we draw near to Holy Week, and on this Friday when many of us pray the Stations of the Cross, we do well to meditate on the wood of the cross."
For even more reading enjoyment, here's a roundup of posts at Father Z's blog.